Open run | 1h 55m | Midtown W

Perfect Crime

From 305 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Dated, Clever

About the show

(On hiatus) A long running psychological murder mystery (the longest-running play in New York) in a very small theatre in the heart of midtown. More…

From the show:

"Perfect Crime" is a funny and romantic thriller about a psychiatrist who may have killed her husband - but then why is he still alive? A great time at the theater for fans of Law & Order, CSI and Investigation Discovery who think they can solve the "perfect crime." 

Member Reviews (305)


Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Dated, Clever
Avg Score

Entertaining, Disappointing, Clever, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to see a classic off Broadway show. It's been around forever.

Don't see it if You're looking for a great show. It's ok but far from great.

Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid

See it if you like a murder mystery type of show. Confusing at parts, slow at parts and awful at parts.

Don't see it if if you don't like slow, baseless shows that can put you to sleep at different times. I cannot figure how this show has lasted so long, was n

Dated, Banal, Forgettable

See it if you've seen everything else in town. (Cheap tickets are usually easy to come by for this show.)

Don't see it if you expect some mystery from your mystery plays or thrills from your thrillers.

A vanity project

See it if you like a twisty crime drama.

Don't see it if there's something better playing at the local cinema. This is a vanity project from start to finish. Someone owes someone a favour.

Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if It was ok, I found it hurt understand what was happening at times.

Don't see it if if you do not like slow moving storys

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you make a habit of flushing your money down the toilet.

Don't see it if you like good acting (the lead female has been in it for over 20 years and completely phones in her performance--just utterly bad).

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You just want to check this one off the list. It is the longest running play in New York!

Don't see it if You think you're going to see an interesting thriller or murder mystery. Be warned, it's awful.


See it if If you dislike mysteries. You will be glad you dislike mysteries and never see one again.

Don't see it if If you like a good ending to a mystery.

Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if Engrossing murder mystery with a determined detective and an engaging male psychiatric patient who wears women's dresses (fun to watch!)

Don't see it if The current cast is really top-notch and I highly enjoyed the show (wasn't hard at all to follow; not sure why there is so much negativity.)


See it if You want to see an actress that has played the same character for most of her life

Don't see it if This is one of the only shows on show score that I feel the average rating is correct.

Also I don’t understand why members on this site refuse to give really bad ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Indulgent, Interesting

See it if you like weird, confusing mystery theater with twists & turns. I had seen the reviews on here; my low expectations were totally surpassed.

Don't see it if you expect a general audiences-geared show. This is an intimate, strange & quirky production; if that appeals to you, you may enjoy this.

Entertaining, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if You like off-broadway and like murder mysteries. Don't have great expectations it's a play. Be entertained. Relax and enjoy the show.

Don't see it if You don't like murder mysteries. Don't see it if you like fast paced shows.

Long in the tooth, Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to say you've seen the longest running show off-Broadway. You love a murder mystery despite the acting and the weak plot points.

Don't see it if I would not recommend this show. - And I'm a sucker for a mystery. Skip this one.

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Banal

See it if you like a crime story

Don't see it if you want something better to do with your money.

Clever, Confusing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of murder mysteries and enjoy unraveling a variety of plots with its many twists. See it if you enjoy guessing.

Don't see it if You are unwilling to pay close attention to the plot in order to follow the story.

Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you need a nap

Don't see it if you like theater

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if If you're old, like really old & like "Matlock"..This show is SO dated... I understand it has longest-TENURED actress, but, OMG! SNOOZEFEST

Don't see it if You want something up-to-date

Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting, Slow, Cliched

See it if you'll enjoy a classic murder mystery with an involved plot,

Don't see it if you won't enjoy a slow moving murder mystery,

Also The show has been around for a decade plus, at different theaters, so ... Read more Read less

Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid

See it if you like campy murder mysteries and want to see an example of a play that makes you wonder how it could possibly still be running

Don't see it if you want to enjoy a good evening of theater

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like B level soap opera actors and a confusing, dizzying story

Don't see it if you actually like mysteries.

Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like a small production and a bit of mystery.

Don't see it if You're at all tired because some of it is hard to follow.

Confusing, Dated, Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you like mystery

Don't see it if you like musicals

Get a seat in the 1st '5' rows for best results, Funny, Overrated, Biggest problem is the theater: bad acoustics (& only 1/2 the actors projecting), Confusing

See it if It's hard to believe this show opened in 1987 w/ NINE actors. It's since moved around in '7' odd venues & has been whittled down to 5 actors

Don't see it if If U can't get a 'close' seat U may be straining to hear & losing Catherine Russell whenever her character sits down (NOT a raked stage??)

Also Catherine Russell (as Margaret) and Robert Newman (the Detective) have... Read more Read less

Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like a well acted, quirky, suspenseful play that has been running in nyc for years

Don't see it if you don't want to have to think or pay attention to the plot

Cliched, Dated, Funny

See it if You're fascinated by "train wrecks" & want to see a notorious legend of a play.

Don't see it if you have time to see only one show in New York.

October 3rd, 2005
"But if you stick with the story - and considering the turgid performances, that's asking a lot - it does make sense and even has a certain thematic elegance. As the illusions reveal themselves, a confusion and sense of terror slowly build. Or at least that's what should happen if the produc...
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September 23rd, 2011
"There's just no killing New York's currently longest-running play. On Sunday, Warren Manzi's 1987 murder mystery, directed by Jeffrey Hyatt, hits a major mile-marker: 10,000 performances. Having never seen the show before, the time seemed right. As of No. 9,980, there's still life in the modestl...
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February 16th, 2011
"In the face of awkward segues within the characters’ dialogue and the lack of chemistry, Perfect Crime is still an intriguing thriller full of unexpected twists and turns. It will leave you unsettled and questioning the motives of its characters like any suspenseful piece of work will do. And in...
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